A cast tongue shaped coper-alloy strap end found near Haxey, Lincolnshire. (c) Portable Antiquities Scheme, CC BY-SA 2.0
Copper-Alloy Strap-End (NLM-B633CE)
A cast tongue-shaped copper-alloy strap-end found near Haxey, Lincolnshire
The decoration on this cast copper-alloy strap-end involves a series of deep longitudinal grooves which may actually represent previous damage. If decorative, the object is similar to Thomas Class E Type 3 strap ends whose distribution generally falls in the eastern Danelaw and around the Irish Sea. Strap ends came in various styles and were fairly common throughout the Viking world. They were used to decorate the ends of belts and to stop them getting damaged.